Sharing Economy News

Our latest news coverage of the sharing economy, from on-demand transportation and accommodation, through to personal services and peer-to-peer finance.

UK

London resilient at top of European tech investment table despite COVID

London retained its position as the top European destination for tech venture capital in 2020, with levels near the record sum of the year before despite the impact of COVID-19, ac...

Platform News: Delivery Services across the world

Gojek, Tokopedia in $18 billion merger talks for Indonesia’s biggest deal

Indonesian ride-hailing and payments company Gojek and e-commerce leader Tokopedia are in advanced talks to secure a $18 billion merger before a possible dual listing in Jakarta an...

Platform Industry: Tencent logo at an event

China to crank up anti-trust heat on Big Tech after unprecedented fines

China’s unprecedented anti-trust squeeze onto its technology giants isn’t only just beginning.

Platform Industry News: Ride-sharing driver

Uber asks US states to prioritize its drivers for COVID-19 vaccine

Uber has sent letters to the governors of all US states, asking for the ride-hail and food delivery drivers to find early access to COVID-19 vaccines as essential employees.

Platform News: Delivery Services across the world

DoorDash aims to double valuation in much-awaited IPO

DoorDash Inc said on Monday it’s aiming to raise up to $2.8 billion in an IPO, which could double the worth of their US food delivery start-up and also be one of 2020’s...

Ride Hailing

US tech firms can compensate gig-workers with equity under SEC proposal

The US securities regulator has proposed a pilot program to allow tech firms such as Uber and Lyft to pay gig workers up to 15% of their yearly compensation in equity rather than c...

Platform News: UK Parliament, Technology and Policy

UK warns tech firms over risks of China expansion

The UK’s digital and tech businesses must be wary of the ethical, legal and commercial risks of expanding to China and accepting Chinese investment, according to a UK governm...

Platform News: Ride-hailing app Uber Technologies

Uber launches feature in US to let customers reserve rides in advance

Uber Technologies has said it would roll out a new feature in the United States which will enable customers to book scheduled trips up to 30 days in advance.

Platform News: US ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber

California likely to pass proposition to treat Uber drivers as contractors

Voters in California backed a ballot proposal by Uber and its allies who cements app-based food delivery and ride-hail motorists’ status as independent contractors, not emplo...

Platform News: Ride-hailing app Uber Technologies

Court rules that California Uber drivers could not establish ‘political coercion’

A California court has denied an application for a temporary restraining order by the nation’s Uber drivers, saying the drivers could not set the alleged “political coe...

Platform News: Delivery Services across the world

Thai Siam Commercial Bank launches food delivery app

Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) has just established a food delivery platform, Robinhood, amid growing competition in the sector in Southeast Asia’s second market...

Didi V2X

Didi lines up 2021 IPO in Hong Kong, targets more than $60 billion valuation

China’s leading ride-hailing business Didi Chuxing is considering Hong Kong to get a multibillion-dollar first public offering next year, falling previous aims to list in New...

Platform News: Uber Eats drivers delivery meals

Uber launches medicines delivery service in South Africa

Uber Eats’ South African unit has expanded its delivery offerings, launching an app-based over-the-counter medicines service as it seeks to claw market share in the fast-grow...

Platform News: Delivery Services across the world

South Korea food delivery giants rev up rider race amid COVID-19 boom

In South Korea, a number of the world’s biggest food delivery firms are scrambling to browse an estimated $4 billion wave of fresh orders, contracting tens of thousands of ne...